Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Trini Tamarind Wings Recipe (Youtube Video Attached)

The flavor that beat Chef Bobby Flay in the Caribbean Chicken Wings Throwdown (2010). Our second most popular flavor the "Trini Tamarind". Also featured on "Good Day Cafe"  with Greg Kelly & Rosanna Scotto.

Caribbean-Style Marinade:
1/3 cup fresh thyme leaves
1/3 cup cloves garlic
1/2 cup chopped scallions
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
1/2 cup vinegar
4 pounds chicken wings

Trini Tamarind Sauce:
2 cups tamarind pulp, see Cook's Note
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
3 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons pureed garlic
1 1/2 tablespoons garam masala
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Habanero pepper, or red pepper flakes


For the marinade: Puree all the ingredients, except the chicken wings, together in a food processor, and then add to the chicken wings. Marinate the wings for 24 hours.

For the tamarind sauce: Mix all the ingredients into a medium-thick sauce. Refrigerate for 1 day to allow all the flavors to meld.

Preheat the oil to 350 degrees F.

Add the chicken wings to the oil and deep fry until they are crispy and golden, about 15 minutes. Remove from the oil and drain.

Transfer the wings to a hot wok and douse with Trini Tamarind Sauce. Saute the wings for 1 minute in the sauce, remove, and serve with your choice of veggies or sides. 

Cook's Note: For tamarind pulp, soak 1 pound peeled tamarind fruit in 1 1/2cups warm water, then sieve to extract seeds and seed coverings.